AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project

  • The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership is proud to manage the Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) AmeriCorps Program in the Bay Area.
  • The VIP Program focuses on building sustainable volunteer programs at nonprofit organizations that meet critical needs within our communities .
  • CVNL is in it's third year of managing this program at a local level here in the Bay Area.


Since 2016
24 months of service

Meet the Fellows

Meet the VIPs! Learn about their story and motivations behind dedicating their time to AmeriCorps.


Jack Hopkins

Downtown Streets Team

Jack is a Bay Area native and has been involved in community service from the age of seven. Through the Boy Scouts and other community organizations he had the opportunity to serve his community on numerous volunteer opportunities, giving him an insight into to future goals of service to others.

AmeriCorps Fellow, Community Engagement

Brendan Heinkel

Downtown Streets Team

Brendan is the newest member of the DST SF Team, serving as the AmeriCorps Community Engagement Fellow. By developing and maintaining volunteerism within DST, he is working to further connect all members of our neighborhoods.

AmeriCorps Fellow, Community Engagement

Andrea Mitchell

Marine Mammal Center

My name is Andrea Mitchell and I will be the AmeriCorps Fellow at The Marine Mammal Center starting September 2019. Prior to accepting the position here at the center, I was working at a Behavioral Health Hospital as a Child Life Counselor.

AmeriCorps Fellow, Community Engagement

Lucy Nelson

California-Nevada Annual Conference The United Methodist Church

Lucy was born and raised in Sacramento, the capital city of California. She is appreciative of this opportunity and very eager to serve side-by-side with staff and volunteers to increase individual and community disaster resilience.

AmeriCorps Fellow, Community Engagement

Lena Jaffe

Downtown Streets Team

Hi, my name is Lena Jaffe. I’m the AmeriCorps VIP Community Engagement Fellow for the Downtown Streets Team (DST) – East Bay. . DST is the perfect fit. It’s providing me with a daily, meaningful activity, and allowing me to hear unhoused folks powerful stories and personal paths to success.

AmeriCorps Fellow, Community Engagement


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